Pasquini's in Highland is officially on the list folks! I'll be honest with you, for some reason I've always been reluctant to patronize this restaurant. The first time I ate at a Pasquini's was at the original location on Broadway. I had recently moved to Denver and my new friend's, we'll call them "Novis", took me out for pizza. As I recall, I liked it. Nothing earth-shattering, just good, solid pizza. I didn't go back.
Why? Perhaps because I was a veg-head at the time, I wasn't eating pizza with peperoni and sausage. Pizza without, just didn't call to me. Later on my wonderful wife being lactose intolerant didn't help either. I guess pizza was just off the radar.
I don't remember how it was that we first went to Pasquini's Uptown. I seem to recall it having to do with the Deep-Fry Spy's calzone addiction (it passed). Anys, we started picking-up some great apple strudel they had. Never ate there, just picked up the dessert to-go (that too, passed).
Long-story short, we were up in Highland on our lunch break last Monday, when we passed the fancy new Pasquini's (32nd and Zuni). My wife recommended grabbing a slice of pizza for myself. We went inside and couldn't leave. First of all, they have a "2-slices of pizza and a drink" lunch special ($5.99), sold! Choose a couple of toppings, it's yours. My wife was attracted to the great sandwiches. We had every intention of taking our order to go. We just sat at a table to wait, then the manager brings us water. Then, says he doesn't want us to "feel left out" so he brings us a plate of amazing garlic bread sticks! The place was so cozy, warm and friendly, just had to stay.
If you've read this blog before, you know that one of the things that sells me on a restaurant is the ambiance (I hate that word!) of a place. Maybe that was one of the things that didn't do it for me at the other locations. For some reason, pizza places have always been warm, dark wood places. Ski-lodge memories maybe? Angelo's on 6th, for instance, has been my favorite place for pizza in Denver. It's a nice cavern with amazing pizza. But, I have to say Pasquini's got it right on their new location. Great use of an old building, good natural light, nice wood work and character. Oh yeah, the pizza was terrific! Standard sausage, peperoni and black olives. It all seemed so fresh and flavorful, I have to have it again.
I don't know if I'll be drawn to their other locations, but when I have a hankering for a slice or two of pizza, you'll find me at the Highland Pasquini's.
Correction: "anonymous" noted: By the way the lunch special is $4.99 - now that's a "screaming deal" for lunch. The slices are "not stingy" (insert Greta Garbo voice) and they leave you so satisfied that you may skip dinner!